I'm going to come clean ... I prefer Fall to Spring. There's something irresistable about the coziness of Fall weather, but after seeing some of the Spring nail trends that popped up at fashion week, I might just wish that Fall goes by quicker!
When I sat down at my first Parisian café, I ordered a “Café au Lait,” and my friend immediately said, “Oh, only tourists call it that. We usually say, ‘Café Crème’.” Well, the locals at NYFW have definitely caught on. The Spring 2015 collections are dipping into the coffee pot to redefine the “nude nail,” and these creamy colors are just the pick-me-up we need! Don’t forget—nude polishes need a good base coat in order to go on smoothly and cleanly. Try a base coat with a sheer, peachy color, like Butter London’s Nail Foundation ($19).
Deborah Lippmann used Terra Nova from her Summer 2015 collection
try: OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Barefoot in Barecelona ($9.50)
3.1 Philip Lim
CUT IT OUT
Negative space popped up on runways multiple times during fashion week. Sometimes, just one uniform nail color becomes… boring. Switch it up by leaving some areas purposefully bare, and trust us, you’ll be the coolest chica on the block! Looks hard? Nope. Take some round stickers and cover the area you want to leave unpainted, and after you finish applying your color, just peel them off! Another option is to dip a cheap paintbrush in nail polish remover or acetone and wipe away whatever patch of color you don’t want.
Miss Pop used OPI’s That’s Hula-rious! from the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection
try: Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Green With Envy ($3.99)
Creatures of Comfort
Alicia Torello (Zoya) used Penny for area near cuticle and Flowie for the rest of the nail ($9 each)
It’s time to tap into your inner artist and break out the nail polish. These gradient nail looks are super impressive, yet they are extremely easy to do. The trick is to work quickly and slap on the colors you want to blend, and before they dry, apply your top coat to drag the colors together. Et voilà, your masterpiece is finished! If you find your polish is a little too dry, try putting a drop of polish remover or acetone onto your nail to loosen it up.
Gina Edwards used a blend of Morgan Taylor’s nail lacquers in Coming Up Roses and Color Me Bold
Michelle Saunders used Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny on the lower half near cuticle, Turquoise & Caicos on the top half towards end of nails, and Lollipop as a horizontal line where the other two overlap ($8.50 each)
Tracylee used the Complete Salon Manicure polish Tupelo Honey from the upcoming Sally Hansen x Tracy Reese collaboration
try: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Mudslide ($7.99)
Pssst! This is my favorite nail trend from fashion week! Not only are these lined nails the epitome of minimalist chic, but they are also super easy and versatile to recreate. You can get creative and mix & match whatever colors you have on hand. I recommend going to your local crafts store and buying a $1 thin paintbrush to dip into your polish. My favorite part about this nail art is that I can be lazy and do a look à la Prabal Gurung—no need to paint the whole nail!
Deborah Lippmann used the white Amazing Grace Nail Lacquer and lined with the Faded to Black Nail Lacquer (each $18)
Jin Soon Choi used three new pastel colors from the Sally Hansen x Prabal Gurung Spring 2015 collaboration plus an extra white polish.
try: Revlon Nail Art Sun Candy in Pink Dawn, Solar Flare, and Sun Shower ($9.49 each) and OPI Soft Shades Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow ($9.50)
Kate Jane Hughes (Butter London) used a nude background for her gold criss-cross pattern
try: Butter London Nail Lacquer in metallic gold shade The Full Monty and nude shade Yummy Mummy ($15 each)
Is there ever a reason not to wear red nail polish? I didn’t think so. Think about all the different reds out there—orange red, brick red, blue red—so many possibilities! Make sure your nails are perfectly filed with a double sided nail file, like this pretty pink one from Tweezerman ($5), to both shape and smooth your nails.
Karen Jane Hughes (Butter London) used a bright orangey-red color from the Nicole Miller x Butter London Spring/Summer 2015 collaboration
try: Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Coral Silk 240 ($5.49)
Collegiettes, what nail trends make you wish Spring was here already? Sound off below!